Thriving Consultancy Expands Team

Published on: 13 Jun 2018

A thriving Birmingham-based engineering design and management consultancy has continued its growth with three new appointments.

Design2e has added two new engineers and a Building Information Modelling expert to the team as the business has recently relocated into the heart of Birmingham.

They are Zhuogen Xu and Ted Guo, both 28 and from China, and 47-year-old Tony Martin from Bromsgrove.

Zhuogen split his studies between China and Birmingham to complete his undergraduate course before moving to University College London, graduating in 2015.

He went on to study French and Architecture before finding a job as a structural engineer at a Birmingham practice.

Zhuogen, who has previously specialised in steel structures, said he decided to make the move to Design2e for the fresh challenge.

He said: “I met with Dave Tyson (managing director) and Janet Tyson (HR & operations director) and they talked me through the projects that are ongoing and upcoming. It all sounded very interesting and challenging, which was just what I was looking for.

“The training is good at Design2e and I can see a real career progression path.”

Zhuogen is currently working on the Nautical Club, a 15-storey student accommodation block.

Ted, meanwhile, worked in Bristol with another consultancy after graduating with a Masters in Structural Engineering from Imperial College London two-and-a-half years ago.

He said: “I was looking for new environment and a new challenge. With all the development going on in Birmingham at the moment, it seems like a fantastic place to work.

“I’ve settled in really well. It’s a very diverse environment with people from all over the world.”

Ted is currently working on Constitution Hill, a seven-storey building in Birmingham, as well as developing a new automatic calculating system for concrete structures.

Tony has been appointed by Design2e as an experienced Building Information Modelling expert.

He will examine where the business’ processes can be streamlined to produce further efficiencies.

“I was working as a technician in 2007 when I was introduced to Revit, and that gave me an awareness of BIM,” said Tony.

“I subsequently completed a Masters module in Integrated Project Delivery and Lean Production, which has brought me to this point in my career.

“I am excited about this new opportunity and I can already see some potential gains.”

Wayne Holt, executive director at Design2e, welcomed the trio on board.

He said: “We are always looking for the best and brightest talent as we continue our structured growth.

“These three design engineers bring with them experience, knowledge and enthusiasm which will be invaluable as we continue on existing projects and embark on new ones.

“They have only been with us a matter of weeks but are settling in well and are showing real promise.”

Design2e, which was recently named as an NCE100 company for 2018, has a high level of expertise, ranging from structural design, civil engineering and infrastructure design.

The business has just under 35 staff.